Adams & Adams

South Africa

Lynnwood Bridge, 4 Daventry Street, Lynnwood Manor
South Africa

Tel:+27 12 432 6000
Fax:+27 12 432 6599

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Chairperson: Kelly Thompson
Head of Marketing: Natalie Stephan

Quick facts:

Established: 1908
Number of Partners: 65
Number of IP Practitioners: 130
Languages : English, Afrikaans, German, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese
Network Memberships: INTA, LES, AIPPI, SAIPPL, GALA, TAGLaw, IFLR, LPC (Legal Practice Council), Marques, ICANN, Advoc

Adams & Adams is an internationally recognised and leading African law firm that specialises in providing intellectual property, corporate and commercial services.

With primary office locations in South Africa and branches and associate offices in a number of African countries, our firm’s leadership position as the largest intellectual property law practice in Africa, and one of South Africa’s foremost corporate, property and commercial law firms is reflected in the ground-breaking work we do and the valuable client relationships we have with many of the world’s largest corporations and organisations, as well as small to medium-sized companies.

Our Intellectual Property law practices work with clients around the globe and across many industries to protect, enforce and commercialise their intellectual property. The group offers clients a full range of legal services relating to the acquisition, enforcement and commercialisation of intellectual property rights. These services include counsel and handling of transactions in cases involving patents, copyrights, trade marks, designs, licensing, and data security. The partners and associates in our Intellectual Property Group also litigate these issues in courts across Africa. Adams & Adams is the largest IP firm in Africa and is ranked among the leading firms in Intellectual Property in the world.

Adams & Adams is firmly rooted in Africa – with a tenacious belief in the economic growth potential and spirit of the continent. Our head office in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, provides the perfect gateway through which our partners, supported by some 700 professionals and staff, render a broad range of legal services to clients in Africa and the rest of the world. 

Through our associate offices and long established networks, we serve our global client base throughout the African continent - in matters of intellectual property, commercial law, property and litigation. Adams & Adams regularly hosts a meeting of partners from associate offices throughout the continent– a network meeting designed to maintain relationships, build capacity and share information about updates on intellectual property and corporate & commercial developments across the continent.


Society and business support:

  • Adams & Adams Secretarial Training Academy
  • WIPO Inventor Assistance Program
  • TuksNovation Business Incubator
  • Rise against Hunger
  • Norridge Primary school  

Last updated 15th March 2021

Key IP Areas:

Copyright, Designs, IP transactions, ITC litigation, Life sciences, Patent contentious, Patent litigation, Patent office proceedings, Patent prosecution, Patent strategy & counseling, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark litigation, Trade mark office proceedings, Trade mark prosecution, Trade mark strategy & counseling

Key Sector Expertise:

Advertising, Agriculture, Artificial intelligence, Aerospace & defence, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer technology & services, E-commerce, Electrical, Electronics, Fashion & luxury goods, Film, Financial services, FMCG, Food & beverage, Gaming, Healthcare, Hospitality & leisure, ICT & software, Industrials, Internet, Life sciences, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Media, Medical device, Mining, Nanotechnology, Music, Oil & gas, Optics & photonics, Pharmaceutical, Professional services, Publishing, Real estate, Renewable energy, Retail, Robotics, Semiconductors, Sports, Technology hardware, Telecommunication, Tobacco, Universities & research, Utilities